Childcare Facility Under Fire After Teen Sticks Toe In Baby’s Mouth
One set of South Carolina parents are likely reevaluating their childcare options after footage of a 15-year-old girl with her toe hanging out of their 7-month-old’s mouth was posted on SnapChat.
According to Fox Carolina, the video was captured at the home of the infant’s daycare provider. The offender was a friend of the homeowner’s daughter. After seeing the images, the child’s parents alerted the Gaffney Police Department and filed a report.
“My grand baby means the world to me,” said the infant’s grandmother, Robenae Dewberry. “When I saw the picture, it was heartbreaking, because he was an innocent little baby.”
Police have opened an investigation into the childcare center to establish whether or not the establishment has been following all regulations and guidelines. They are also in contact with South Carolina Social Services and the business licensing department. So far, no charges have been filed against the teen; however, the case is being reviewed by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
Relatives of the infant say that the caregiver is well-known within the community and came highly recommended.
“She is a good person,” Dewberry said of the caregiver. “I didn’t believe it. My daughter called me crying on the phone. That toe could’ve choked him, and he could’ve died from that toe being in his mouth. Who knows how far it was back in his mouth!” she said.
According to the family, the caregiver apologized for the incident and was oblivious to what happened until it was brought to her attention by the baby’s mother.
Moms, what would you do in a situation like this?